Target: Heather Munroe-Brum, Principal of McGill University
Goal: Applaud university’s sustainability initiatives
McGill University in Montreal, Canada integrates and promotes sustainability using innovative methods. The university’s Office of Sustainability manager, Martin Krayer von Krauss, says, “there is a general sense that as one of Canada’s leading universities, we have a responsibility…Manifesting excellence means finding solutions to Canada’s most pressing problems.”
Some of the university’s most successful programs include McGill Feeding McGill, Shut Your Sash, and The McGill’s Farmers’ Market. The programs are partially funded by its students through the Sustainability Projects Fund, where students contribute fifty Canadian cents per credit, which is then matched by the university.
According to the university website, the McGill Feeding McGill program’s objective is “to provide locally grown fruits and vegetables from the [university’s] Macdonald Campus’s Horticultural Center to McGill’s downtown residencies and the general student community.” The program produces over 88,000 pounds of vegetables per year which are delivered to student dormitory cafeteria dining centers. In addition, the vegetables produced are used by local Meals on Wheels programs to serve residents in low-income areas.
The Shut Your Sash program was designed to persuade lab users to shut their fume hoods when not in use. Thus far, the students involved have lowered energy consumption by eighty percent per hood, saving 75,800 dollars annually. They plan to expand the project, hoping to save as much as 1.3 million dollars in coming years.
The McGill Farmers’ Market is held on campus during the fall months. It allows people to pre-order boxes of seasonal vegetables that are grown by students. The monies earned go towards helping local farmers make ends meet during the highest cost season.
The sustainability projects that McGill University have created educate students about the importance of leading green lives, while also giving back to the community. The university show that being more sustainable has far reaching positive effects. By signing the petition below, you will applaud the university’s innovative approach to promoting sustainability.
Dear Heather Munroe-Brum,
McGill University’s many sustainability projects have far reaching positive effects. The McGill Feeding McGill project not only helps to feed the school’s dormitory students, but provides fresh vegetables to local Meals on Wheels programs which serve residents in low-income areas. The McGill Farmers’ Market provides people with a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, while monetarily supplementing local farmers.
Through these various programs, McGill University shows a commitment to the environment and to the health of the community. The university is a role model for others to follow. We would like to applaud its innovative programs.
[Your Name Here]
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